Update: Psychiatric Patient Found Safe

UPDATE (March 31) — OSP says the Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient Gregory Page is now back in care of OSH staff. They say he was brought to to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis Sunday afternoon after local medics responded to a park on a medical call. UPDATE — Police say they found … Continue reading »

Lawmakers to Hold Short Session

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers will meet in Salem Monday for the Oregon’s second annual legislative short session. The session is set to last just 35 days. Several hot button issues face lawmakers, including marijuana legalization. Senator Floyd Prozankski will introduce a bill that would ask voters whether they want to legalize recreational use of … Continue reading »

Advocates to Ask for Pesticide Ban

SALEM, Ore. — Lawmakers will be hearing from scientists Thursday, about pesticides and their effect on bees. Bee keepers and those in the agricultural business will be at the special legislative session. They’re asking for a ban against pesticides thought to kill bees. Bee advocates say they’ll be delivering a petition that has 12,000 signatures … Continue reading »

Lawmakers Wrap Special Session

SALEM, Ore. — After three days in a special session, state lawmakers agreed to a so-called “grand bargain” on Wednesday. The deal includes changes to state employee pensions resulting in $400 million in savings. Lawmakers also gave additional funding for schools to the tune of $100 million. However, school districts will receive no extra money … Continue reading »

Swallows Killed Due to Weather

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the recent death of numerous Oregon barn swallows and violet-green swallows was the recent wet and windy weather. ODFW veterinarians say they received multiple calls from Oregon residents about dead and dying swallows Monday. The reports were received from Port of Saint Helens to … Continue reading »

Salem Man Struck by Car on I-5

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon State Police say a man was struck by a car after fleeing a traffic stop Friday. OSP says around 11 p.m. a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for a headlight equipment violation near Blossom Street and Niles Avenue. The driver failed to yield to the trooper and sped off, but … Continue reading »

Inmates Escape From Mill Creek Prison

SALEM, Ore. — Two inmates escaped from Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem Thursday night. Oregon State Police are searching for the men. Just after 10:00 p.m., staff at the minimum security prison noticed 34-year-old Daryl Manuel Hernandez and 25-year-old Franco Armando Moreno were missing. Both are Hispanic males, and both were last seen wearing blue … Continue reading »

Gov. Kitzhaber Signs Driver’s Card Bill

SALEM, Ore. — Immigration rights activists and the Latino community celebrated an historic victory at a May day rally at the state capitol. Demonstrators chanted “we did it” as Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law Senate Bill 833. “This bill is part of a larger vision where all Oregonians will get their shot at the … Continue reading »

Students March for Education Funding

SALEM, Ore.– Hundreds of students from more than 15 schools marched to the Capitol steps to ask legislators to make higher education more affordable. At the rally in Salem, students demanded increases to higher education budgets including: $850 million for universities, $510 million for community colleges, $15 million for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon’s only … Continue reading »

Powder Scare at State Office Building

SALEM, Ore. — A letter containing white powder prompted an evacuation at the Oregon Department of Revenue building in Salem Wednesday. At 7 a.m., an employee was exposed to the substance in the mail room. It drew a heavy response from police, HazMat crews and the Oregon National Guard. HazMat crews quarantined seven employees in the … Continue reading »

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